LONDONICITY 2015: Call for Papers and Presentations

LONDONICITY 2015

The Third London Studies Conference

Organised by Academic Conferences London

in association with New York University in London

Dates to be confirmed during August 2014

 

THE CULTURES OF THE CITY

 

Call for Papers

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'LONDONICITY 2015: The Third London Studies Conference' seeks propoals for 20-minute Papers/Presentations and three-Paper Panels on its theme 'The Cultures of the City'.

 

Proposals are invited on any theme related to the issues around 'culture' outlined below. 

 

Proposals should be made using the Proposal Form on the following page. Propoals are considered via sympathetic Peer Review. A response is provided within two weeks.

 

After the event, final versions of Papers will be considered for publication in The London Studies Reader 3, to be published as an ISBN-registered ebook in Autumn 2015.

 

Senses of 'Culture'

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LONDONICITY 2015 understands the term 'culture' in two main ways. On the one hand, and in quite traditional style, we see 'culture' as being to do with 'the arts' and the aesthetic realm. London, clearly, abounds in great cultural riches in this simple sense. At the same time, we wish to understand the term more broadly by exploring the wider 'experiential' ways of undertanding urban culture in terms of social practice and identity.

 

The London Arts: From Shakespeare to Sherlock

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London's advanced urbanism and urbanity have given rise to a celebrated and wide-ranging series of artistic forms and expressions - most notably theatre, the visual arts, literature, music, dance, film, and television -  By the same token, the city itself features as a key subject of these arts, as they become an important form of mediation between the city and the consumers of its culture.  The ways in which the city of London is a vital playground for the arts will thus be a major focus for the conference. 

 

The Arts of the City in The Age of Austerity

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The long artistic traditions of the city - from Shakespeare to Sherlock and beyond - take on a critical edge when they become caught up in the diverse and shifting pressures of the politics and economics of the city as it imposes its own particular controls on the arts and cultures of the city. In the current era of austerity, for example, the public cultures of the city are engaged in a struggle for maintenance, even their very survival. The ways in which the cultures of the city are fostered and constrained by polical and economic factors will thus be a major focus for the conference. 

 

Culture as Lived Experience

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We also regard culture in an exanded sense as involving the lived experience of its inhabitants in their quotidian routines and ways of life or lifestyles. Here, in its material and symbolic forms, culture is strongly determined by such fundamental factors age, gender, social class, nationality and ethnicity in all their complex synergy. Where the conference is concerned, the urban cultures and subcultures associated with these demographics will provide an important focus for this understanding of culture as lived experience.

 

The Multicultural Metropolis

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A particular feature of the uniqueness of London life is its complex multiculturalism, fostering the interaction of identities drawn, across traditional divides, from an intense variety of national and ethnic cultures. The conference will therefore offer an opportunity to consider the current state of London's fabled multiculturalism - for example, growing organically 'from below', or skewed by the particular demands imposed by the influx of global capital and its perhaps rather different understandings of the cultures of the city?